Pakistan Security Brief

Afghan President says Pakistan is “crucial” to Afghan peace process and formally invites Taliban leadership to engage in talks; Afghan officials meet with Taliban in Quetta; U.S. Secretary of State and Pakistani Foreign Minister to meet on Thursday; Pakistani navy receives two U.S.-made P3C aircraft; New Delhi police arrest Pakistani man suspected of being ISI agent; Pakistan and UN launch “Floods 2011 Early Recovery Framework;” Pakistan was deadliest country for journalists in 2011; Pakistan’s Supreme Court resumes prime minister’s contempt of court case; Pervez Musharraf denies involvement in Benazir Bhutto’s murder; Mansoor Ijaz records “memogate” testimony in London; BlackBerry refuses to provide Ijaz’s messages to judicial commission; Security officials launch conclusion of military operation in Darra Adam Khel. 

International Relations

  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai telephoned Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday, seeking Pakistan’s support and saying it would be “crucial” to the success of the peace process. Gilani assured Karzai that Pakistan “would wholeheartedly support” an “Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.” Following the phone conversation, Karzai formally invited the Taliban leadership “to engage in direct talks with the Afghan government.”[1]

  • The head of a Kandahar peace council said on Tuesday that Afghan officials are holding talks with the Taliban in Quetta, where they have had multiple meetings with a mid-level Taliban commander.[2]

  • In an interview with the Guardian, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that Pakistan will not support a “U.S.-driven initiative” to begin Afghan peace talks in Qatar until it is clear that the Afghan government supports them. Khar said Pakistan is waiting for Afghan President Karzai to “determine the course of action of his government and once that is done,” Pakistan will fully support it.[3]

  • The News reported Tuesday that New Delhi police arrested Kamran Akbar, a Pakistani man suspected of being an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent, who had been living in India for the last 20 years. Acting on a tip-off, police apprehended Akbar at New Delhi Railway Station on February 13, as he was about to board a train after obtaining classified defense-related documents. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand, Akbar got an Indian passport under the name “Asif Husain,” and he was recruited by Pakistani military intelligence agencies, when he went back to Pakistan for a visit in July 1997.[4]

  • Speaker of the lower house of India’s parliament Meira Kumar and a seven-member parliamentary delegation arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday for a five-day state visit to create stronger ties and better cooperation between the two governments. During her visit, Kumar will meet with several Pakistani officials including Pakistani Speaker of the National Assembly Fehmida Mirza, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani.[5]

  • On Thursday, Pakistan and the UN launched the “Floods 2011 Early Recovery Framework,” for the flood-affected areas in Sindh and Balochistan. They requested $440 million from international donors for “the restoration of livelihoods, support for food security, basic social services, shelter, community infrastructure, health, nutrition, water and sanitation.”[6]

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Khar are expected to meet in London on Thursday at an international conference on Somalia. This will be the first meeting between Clinton and Khar since the November 2011 NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.[7]

  • On Tuesday, the Pakistani navy received a delivery of two U.S.-made P3C aircraft under the foreign military funding program. The aircraft, equipped with the latest avionics, are designed to improve Pakistan’s surveillance capabilities in the North Arabian Sea, a highly important shipping route that suffers from Somali piracy. Islamist militants destroyed the previous two P3C aircraft, when they attacked a naval base in Karachi in May 2011.[8]

  • According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, Pakistan was the deadliest country for journalists in 2011 for the second year in a row. Of the 46 journalists killed worldwide in 2011, seven died in Pakistan.[9]  

Domestic Politics

  • A seven-member bench of Pakistan’s Supreme Court headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk resumed the hearing of the contempt of court case against Prime Minister Gilani on Wednesday. During the hearing, the attorney general gave a statement and submitted documentary evidence. The court directed the attorney general and Gilani’s counsel to submit all their evidence to the court by February 27 and then adjourned the hearing until February 28.[10]

  • During television interviews on Tuesday, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf denied allegations made by Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik that Musharraf was involved in former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder. Musharraf said that he had informed Bhutto about the threats on her life before she arrived in Pakistan, but the provincial government and members of the Pakistan Peoples Party were primarily responsible for her security.[11]

  • While addressing the media via telephone from Switzerland on Wednesday, the self-exiled leader of the Balochistan Republican Party (BRP) Brahamdagh Bugti supported the U.S. congressional bill on Balochistan’s self-determination and criticized the Pakistani government for bringing attention to the deteriorating situation in Balochistan too late.[12]


  • Express News reported that Pakistani- American businessman Mansoor Ijaz arrived at the Pakistani High Commission in London on Wednesday to record his testimony in the memogate case. A three-member judicial commission is recording Ijaz’s statement in the Islamabad High Court via video link.[13]

  • BlackBerry has refused to provide the judicial commission in the memogate case access to the messages exchanged between Mansoor Ijaz and former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Hussain Haqqani. Although Ijaz offered to withdraw his privacy rights, the company stated that it could not release consumers’ messages to a “third party.”[14]


[1]“Afghan president says Pakistan crucial to peace talks with Taliban,” Associated Press, February 21, 2012. Available at
 “Courting the Taliban: Karzai enlists Pakistan’s help,” Agencies, February 22, 2012. Available at
[2] Ismail Sameem, “Afghan officials meeting Taliban in Pakistan,” Reuters, February 21, 2012. Available at
[3] Julian Borger, “Pakistan will not support Afghan talks until Kabul backs them, says minister,” Guardian, February 21, 2012. Available at
[4] “‘Pakistani spy’ arrested, New Delhi police claim,” The News International, February 22, 2012. Available at
[5] “Speaker Indian Lok Sabha arrives in Pakistan,” APP, February 21, 2012. Available at
[6] Mehtab Haider, “Pakistan, UN appeal additional $440 million for flood victims,” The News International, February 22, 2012. Available at
[7] Karen DeYoung, “Clinton to meet Pakistani counterpart in London,” The Washington Post, February 21, 2012. Available at
[8] “Pakistan Receives U.S. Surveillance Aircraft,” Agence France-Presse, February 21, 2012. Available at
[9] “46 Journalists Killed in 2011/Motive Confirmed,” Committee to Protect Journalists, Accessed on February 22, 2012. Available at
[10] “PM Gilani contempt case hearing adjourned till Feb 28,” The News International, February 22, 2012. Available at
“PM’s contempt of court hearing adjourned till Feb 28,” Dawn, February 22, 2012. Available at
[11] “Former ruler denies role,” Dawn, February 21, 2012. Available at
[12] “Brahamdagh Bugti supports US Balochistan resolution,” Geo, February 22, 2012. Available at
[13] “Memogate: Mansoor Ijaz arrives at Pakistan High Commission,” The Express Tribune, February 22, 2012. Available at
[14] “BlackBerry refuses to provide records in memo case,” The News International, February 22, 2012. Available at
[15] Syed Yasir Shah, “Military operation in Darra Adamkhel concludes,” The News International, February 22, 2012. Available at
[16] “Bara landmine explosion leaves three dead,” The Express Tribune, February 22, 2012. Available at
[17] “Bara landmine explosion leaves three dead,” The Express Tribune, February 22, 2012. Available at
[18] “Blast in Bara, kills three and injures two,” Reuters, February 21, 2012. Available at
[19] “Blast near hospital causes scare in Matani,” The News International, February 22, 2012. Available at
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